The quickest way to get rid of lower-income families is to make their homes illegal. Inventing cosmetic standards puts a bullseye on lower-priced rental properties. For example, rusty metal surfaces will not be allowed. Guess what a 1970s mobile home is made out of? And do you think it’s cost-effective to sand and paint a trailer of that vintage? A whole trailer park consisting of those homes? Of course not — and that’s their goal. The parks will disappear, forcing the residents to find somewhere else to live, most likely somewhere else since our college student population has pushed the cost of a standard 3-bedroom home to over $1200 a month. Owners of expensive properties can afford to meet the “paint cannot be flaking or chipped” code a lot easier than can an owner of a property renting for $300 a month. So what of the people who need to live somewhere on a $300 budget?
The requirement of window screens on rented properties is another swipe at mobile home renters. Have you ever tried to buy a new screen for a house made before the country’s bicentennial? They aren’t like screens in other homes so it’s hard to make one from scratch. Does our county’s health and prosperity really hinge on the thread density of rental property screens? To further the war on house trailers, they were also added to the list of items considered to be “inoperable vehicles.”
The same things can be said of other low-cost rental options. A house made in the 1930s may not be the Taj Mahal but it could be the last step before homelessness. Legislate these out of existence and these renters will have nowhere else to live locally and they’ll have to leave. That’s music to the ears of some developers though — they can’t wait to gentrify areas where they can obtain the property for pennies on the dollar.
I want to put luxury homes here. Get rid of those poor people that my residents would have to drive past each day!
Much of the IPMC is focused on keeping random strangers happy. Political office-holders simply lack the will to tell a constituent that the property they don’t approve of belongs to another adult who has an equal right to the quiet enjoyment of their land. Everything is about keeping old cars or uncut grass or chipped paint or other equally horrible condition out of the view of others. There’s already a place for that — it’s called a gated community. Move somewhere with strict covenants and a homeowner’s association. Live with like-minded people. The rest of the public at large should not be burdened with these arbitrary standards.